Soul-Calendar, Week 20 after Easter
- The 'CALENDAR OF THE SOUL'
Dr. Rudolf Steiner gave out the 'Soul-Calendar' in 1912, consisting of 52 meditative mantras to enable us to experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring within us as well as in Nature during the year, starting with the first mantra every year on Easter Sunday.
These mantras for each week are well known to many students of Steiner, but the original 'Calendar ' also had 12 Images of the Zodiac, to be meditated with each month (to sense the working of the 'solar' forces in the cosmos), plus a listing of the Moon's phases & position in the signs each night (for sensing the 'lunar' forces), and a list of dates of births and deaths of spiritual figures and dates of events to contemplate on specific days.
Here's the Soul-Calendar restored to this complete form. I have added some details on the planets as well.
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THE ZODIAC IMAGE
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation LEO from August 4th to Sept.7th in our era.
A version of a new symbolic image of the LION (from the original Soul-Calendar, done by an artist from Steiner's sketches & indications) , is attached to this e-mail.
THE WEEK'S MANTRA:
For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic spiritual path uses symbolic images, like the Zodiac image (called 'Imaginations' ), to awaken 'spiritual sight', and mantras ('Inspirations' ) to open 'spiritual hearing.'
The meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not important, but rather what happens when you recite it and enter with deeper soul-forces into its inner experience. Also, these mantras were created in the German language and have their rhythms in that, so learning an English version is just a step to using the original; I've kept close to it in translating, so anyone can easily go from English to German.
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So fühl ich erst mein Sein,
Das fern vom Welten-Dasein
In sich, sich selbst erlöschen
Und bauend nur auf eignem Grunde
In sich, sich selbst ertöten müsste.
So feel I first my Being
That far from World-Existence
In itself, itself loses
And building only out of its own Ground
In itself, itself must die.
This week's mantra:
This week one begins to feel one's self for the first time since 'losing' it in the light & warmth of the summer; but along with this is the feeling that oneself, isolated from the world, will perish along with all that one attempts to build from self, if that is the sole basis of one's creations.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK
Sunday, August 3rd. Moon Virgo. 1492 Start of the first Voyage of Columbus.
Monday, August 4th. Moon Libra. Dominic (Founder of the Dominican Order). Josias, King of Judea. Josias, the Prophet. Tertullian. Aristarchus. 1792 the Poet Shelley born.
Tuesday, August 5th. Moon Libra. 1396 Gutenberg born.
Wednesday August 6th. Moon Libra. Sixtus.
Thursday, August 7th. Moon Scorpio. Asra. Cajetan. Donatus. Petrus and Julianus. Ulrika.
Friday, August 8th. Moon Scorpio. First Quarter. Cyriacus. Justinus. Romanus. Eseverus. Smaragdus. Ladislaus.
Saturday, August 9th. Moon Sagittarius. Cajetan. Ericus.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
MARS is in the West at sunset, still visible but not very bright and about to disappear into the Sun, as Saturn already has. The first crescent of the new moon passes by it Sunday Aug. 3rd.
JUPITER is the bright white 'star' rising in the southeast at sunset. The brilliant red star to the right of it is the heart of Skorpius, Anatres. The moon will pass near this star Saturday and Sunday nights the 9th and 10th and then pass close to Jupiter the 12th and 13th next week.
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